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My horse won't use her hind end

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  • Refusal to engage hind end in equine gait
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    05-19-2013, 09:22 PM
  #1
Foal
My horse won't use her hind end

My mare just won't use her hind to balance in the canter, and because of this she goes way to fast. How do I get her to use her back legs and slow her canter?
     
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    05-19-2013, 10:36 PM
  #2
Yearling
I'd set up some cavaletti exercises or canter pole exercises. If you do set some up, make sure you're fully sitting down and making her CANTER over them, not letting her jump them!

Also, lots of transitions. A lot. Walk-trot, trot-canter, whatever, as long as they're QUALITY transitions and she's pushing through and over her back in them. I like doing a lot of trot-walk-trot transitions to really help them build up muscle and start pushing through. Make sure you have a good walk and a good trot before you expect a good canter! The quality of each gait builds off of the one below it.
     
    05-19-2013, 10:53 PM
  #3
Super Moderator
Would you be willing to post a video? For riding critique? It's scary, I know, but sometimes the rider's actions have a lot to do with why the horse will or won't go a certain way.
     
    05-19-2013, 10:57 PM
  #4
Foal
I'd be interested in seeing a video too, as I wonder if that might just be my gelding's issue. If I can get him to set his head and neck in a collected fashion, he rounds out and slows right down. But it's a big IF.
     
    05-20-2013, 05:01 PM
  #5
Foal
Sorry guys, I don't have any videos :(. I can take one though. It will be a while though. Do you have any exercises that could help?
     
    05-20-2013, 05:11 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by LoveIsTheAnswer    
Sorry guys, I don't have any videos :(. I can take one though. It will be a while though. Do you have any exercises that could help?

Do you have hills you can ride up? Seems the only time my gelding does engage his hindquarters is uphill.
     
    05-20-2013, 05:16 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by CatrinaB87    
Do you have hills you can ride up? Seems the only time my gelding does engage his hindquarters is uphill.
Yup! I'm just wondering if it isn't too steep for her. Would it still be okay?
     
    05-20-2013, 05:30 PM
  #8
Trained
Do you lean forward?
     
    05-20-2013, 05:30 PM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by LoveIsTheAnswer    
Yup! I'm just wondering if it isn't too steep for her. Would it still be okay?

I mean obviously you don't want to work her up a hill that she has trouble getting up, but a nice rise that requires you to use your tush muscles to get up probably will require her to do the same.
     
    05-20-2013, 05:32 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by bsms    
Do you lean forward?
No, I work with my instructor and she tells me to lean back.
     

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